by Lucie Roy
Morinville News Correspondent
Morinville Public School students gathered at the Morinville Community Cultural Centre Tuesday morning to participate in the annual Terry Fox Run.
Town employees, Peace Officers, teachers and staff, volunteers and parents ensured the walk/run was well supervised for the safety of all involved in the event.
This year was the 36th anniversary of the run, which began a year after Terry Fox made his attempt to do his cross-Canada run in support of cancer research.
Prior to the walk/run students watched a presentation on the life of Terry Fox and his legacy. Fox was an active teenager who loved sports and being active. At 18 years of age, he was diagnosed with bone cancer and had to have his right leg amputated above the knee.
After seeing the suffering cancer patients endured, Fox wanted to raise awareness, thus the start of his Marathon of Hope, which lasted 18 months. He had travelled more than 5000 kilometres across Canada mainly on foot.
Fox died at 22 years of age.
His legacy lives on through the Canadians who never forgot his actions and involvement in the Terry Fox Run for Cancer research and in the efforts to raise awareness of cancer.